Nationally and regionally, the Department of Psychiatry's mission and impact in research, clinical activity and education have grown considerably.
Despite substantial nation-wide cutbacks in federal grant support, the Department's total federal funding has grown 15% over the past two years. In collaboration with other departments in the Neuroscience group, we successfully applied for the Empire Innovation Fund, which will provide us with an opportunity to recruit new members of our research faculty.
Additional successful grant applications in 2013 included:
This year has been remarkable for recognition received for the department's research leadership:
It is an unusual and remarkable achievement to have 3 SUNY Distinguished Professors in one department!
Over the past two years the department has established 10 new regional contracts to provide care to underserved populations across multiple counties in New York State. A few of the exciting programs arising out of these contracts include:
In our clinical service to the hospital, the latest data indicate a record number of inpatient admissions and a record number of clinic visits, despite staffing cutbacks on both services. In addition, the flow of mental health patients through the Upstate Emergency Room is substantially better than national average, a tribute to our Consultation-Liaison Service.
The medical directors and interim directors of psychiatry services in 2013have provided vital leadership as we move forward with EPIC, our new electronic medical record, new Current Procedural Terminology codes, a reduction in State funding, and a host of new federal and State and independent certification agency regulations.
Educational excellence is a central part of our identity as a department and we have maintained our tradition of excellence. This year we recruited 5 full-time faculty members including:
We also have a number of new faculty members at the VA and Hutchings who are making substantial contributions to our academic mission:
On the other hand, sadly, we have had some losses from our voluntary and full-time faculty this year, including Hector Britto, Suzanne Heon, and Jill Thomas. Moreover, two outstanding faculty members will be leaving us at the end of the year: Cindy Carter, our child psychiatrist in the Child and Adolescent Clinic and Helen MacGregor, Lead Psychiatrist at the VA. A big Thank You to both for many years of dedicated excellence in teaching and clinical care!
At the undergraduate level, student ratings have been very high from our substantially revamped behavioral science lecture series and clerkship rotations. On the Behavioral Sciences section of the USMLE Step I, our students scored a half standard deviation above the national mean, which I believe is the best performance they have ever done, and substantially better than on any other content section of the examination. This year, moreover, we have had a record number of our medical students choosing psychiatry as a career.
At the graduate education level, we have had accreditation reviews of all our training programs. All four programs received outstanding reviews and full accreditation. A special congratulation goes to James Knoll for his promotion just this week to full professor, to John Manring, who was awarded Upstate Graduate Medical Education Program Director of the Year, and to Roger Greenberg, who was chosen by NYSPA to receive the Joanne Lifshin Mentorship Award.